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 Posted: Tue Sep 15th, 2009 05:47 pm
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Russell Geare
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Beautiful stuff!!  I'm curious as to how they get the watermellons to grow amongst the trackwork in such a dry climate.

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Russ-this is a fantasy...the melons can grow just about anywhere. The "real story" is that the melons are seeds from one of the trees which cover the yard. Running an outdoor railroad is always an adventure. Seems that I can clean everything off and by the time I get a camera going, there is more crap which appears. So, I will stick with the story that melons grow everywhere here and the locals have plenty to eat.

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Russ-

Woodie doesn't know it, but Peach Head has a little cannon that he fires those things at the train


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What Woodie does know is that Peach Head likes to recline on the smelter, resting his widdle head on the rotary dump. Guess I will plant cactus up there, he hates cactus.         Woodie



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Here's the next installment on switching the mines. In this little expose', a couple of ore cars are loaded at a mine and taken to be dumped at the rotary. Here's the action.



A plastic spoon is used to load the "ore" into the cars. All the tipples are open so as to be able to operate this way.



Shay #1 pulls the loaded cars with a 10 foot pole upgrade to the smelter.



#1 brings the 2 cars to the rotary dumper.  The cars are uncoupled on the passing siding in preparation for the unloading routine.



#3 Rosa takes on water before doing the rotary duties. Either Rosa or #2 Rudy work the smelter. Rosa will need to be turned before dumping so the engineer can see what he's doing.



Here, Rosa pushes one car at a time into the rotary using a "rooster" pole which has to be removed during the dumping procedure. Shay #1 waits for the empties and will take them back to the mines.



Here you can see a car being dumped in the rotary. The "ore" falls into the crusher and then is fed into the furnace. *the ore falls through the scene and is caught in a plastic box below the layout, then it will be reused* Taking a 4 car train to the smelter, dumping and then hauling the empties back to the mines may take a couple of hours. After a day of this, a visit to the Goat or Gila Hotel is in order. This is another adventure from beyond the Gila Rim.            Woodie 



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Great pictures Mr G---I don't think I've "met" Rosa before --where has she been hiding?


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Herbie-little Rosa is the third #3..something about that number! She is (was) a Bachmann On30 0-4-0t Porter which I had forgotten about & found in Muj's garage. Rosa was the very first r/c locomotive I did in On30. I used her board for another loco and she just sat in a dusty box until the brouhaha about Bachmann ending this loco's run (the 0-4-0t). With a new Losi board, 7.4 volts of power, a new 1:35 cab and 4 wheel tender, she's another favorite.  Rosa's engineer has been at the throttle of all 3 #3 locos. Is that enough BS for ya?            Woodrow 



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Good eye Herb!

I thought Rosa was different, and that she was just one I had missed along the way in Woodies postings.

Great work Woodie, obviously she slid right in and looks right at home. :thumb:

I like how you set up the tipples to act as funnels for loading the ore, another great idea from the past, dusted off with a new light shined upon it. :cool:



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Beautiful work sir! Your rock work is excellent. The plastic spoon looks so real!

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Switching the mines has not occured in the past couple of weeks, maybe swimming to the mines would be a better idea! As soon as the sun comes back out for a while, there will be more foolishness to report. Since the line is becoming "modernized" with oil burners, a new oil tank car has been built and will be part of some new operations. more is coming soon, don't touch that dial!        Woodie

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